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Special prayers to remember murder victim

Special prayers are being said today in a Sunderland Mosque for a takeaway worker who was shot dead in South Shields.

32-year-old Tipu Sultan was found with a single gunshot wound at the rear of the Herbs & Spice Kitchen in South Shields, South Tyneside, shortly before 10pm on Tuesday, April 7.

People living near by have told ITV Tyne Tees News that Tipu was a very well known member of the community, and was 'loved by everyone'.

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Shields shooting victim: 'Everybody loved him'

People living in the Marsden area of South Shields have told ITV News Tyne Tees that murder victim Tipu Sultan was a very well known member of the community, and was 'loved by everyone'.

Tipu Sultan was found dead from a gunshot wound last night outside the Herbs & Spice Kitchen, where he worked.

Victoria Chisolm is the landlady of The Lake pub next door to the restaurant, and knew Tipu Sultan:

South Shields shooting victim named

Tipu Sultan. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have confirmed that the man shot dead outside a restaurant in South Shields worked in the establishment.

Tipu Sultan, who was 32 and from Sunderland wasoriginally from Bangladesh.

He worked at the Herbs & Spice Kitchen in Marsden.

He was found with gunshot wound outside the Indian restaurant shortly after 10pm on Tuesday.

Emergency services were called and paramedics treated Mr Sulton, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident happened in the rear lane of Lake Avenue and police believe that two men on a motorbike were involved in the incident.

Witnesses report seeing two men wearing crash helmets and dressed in dark clothing on a motorbike drive into the rear lane in Lake Avenue just before the incident.

They were then seen driving away from the area in the direction of Lizard Lane immediately after the shooting.

Anyone who saw the motorbike in the area around the time of the murder is asked to contact police with any information.

The investigation into the murder of Tipu Sultan is in it's very early stages and we are appealing for anyone with any information that could help us with our enquiries to contact us as soon as possible. We are trying to establish the motive behind the incident and a full murder investigation is currently being carried out. We believe that this has been an isolated incident and not a random shooting, enquiries are ongoing to establish this. Those responsible may have planned the incident in advance of carrying it out and if anyone has seen anything or anyone suspicious in the area at anytime in the past few days then I'd ask them to come forward and speak to us. There is nothing to suggest there that is any risk to any other members of the public or any of the communities in South Tyneside and we understand this incident is extremely concerning for local people and that is why we have extra officers down in the Lake Avenue to reassure and speak to the public. We are doing everything we can to try and identify those responsible for this attack and I'd urge anyone with any information to contact police straight away."

– Superintendent Sav Patsalos, Northumbria Police
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